NCB On The Trail: Jordan Vandenberg

#AskCoachB: Vandenberg to NBA?

December, 10, 2013
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Jordan Vandenberg is playing as well as ever in his career as a fifth-year senior. His defense is helping NC State to a four game winning streak since he returned to the lineup from a high ankle sprain suffered five minutes into the first exhibition this year. He defends the rim and has helped the defensive rebounding category quite a bit as well, pulling down 6.5 rbg. Vandenberg is running the floor greater than ever before in transition with most of his scores coming from plays at the rim for dunks. He is averaging 8.8 points a game and shooting 70 percent from the floor because most of his baskets come from lob catches at the rim and tip-ins/put backs on missed shots. Occasionally he will make a back to the basket move and end up at the free throw line. Speaking of the free throw line, he is only converting at 50 percent.

He is intriguing because of his size (7-foot-1) but most of his game does not translate to the NBA level as an investment pick in the first round. But the NBA scouts are now attending his games to see if he is someone that they could possibly draft in the second round or invite into a camp as a free agent. If none of the above happens he will have a chance to go overseas and play professionally.

#AskCoachB: Is NC State on the rise?

November, 19, 2013
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Mark Gottfried certainly has brought a new level of excitement to Raleigh. The recruiting efforts by the Wolfpack have been strong since Gottfried took over at State as they have had nationally ranked classes.

With only one senior on the roster in 7-foot-1 center Jordan Vandenberg and another impressive class coming in next year, it could get real exciting, especially if super-scoring sophomore forward T.J. Warren stays. Don't forget -- Alabama transfer Trevor Lacey is sitting out and will be eligible next year, and the staff is high on him.

More help is on the way with a highly rated group coming in. NC State's 2014 class stands at No. 21 in our class rankings. The player I look for to be a big part of next year's success is power forward Abdul-Malik Abu. He will come in and make a difference in the paint because of his live body, skill and mature approach to the game.

This is a growing year for the Pack. Yes, I do believe next year could be a special year in Raleigh.

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